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Кантова теорија права и појам јавног
Kant’s Theory of Law and the Concept of the Public

Author(s): David Pupovac
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Nova srpska politička misao
Keywords: public law; private law; reason; freedom; ethics; will; willingness

Summary/Abstract: The key point of Kant’s practical philosophy is categorical imperative. Apart from that, his definition of law is followed by the problem of the public, and it has two aspects – on the one hand, there is public law, which is associated with the state, and on the other, there is the public use of reason directed toward the state, and it belongs to its citizens. Both public law and public use of reason guarantee the highest possible level of external freedom and equality of citizens. The aim of this paper is to shed light on the concept of the public by deriving it from the very principles of the practical reason. Although Kant never speaks about the idea of the public, this paper shows that the reason imposes this idea on our practice. The final conclusion of this paper is that Kant’s political philosophy can be interpreted through the concept of the public, in which adherence to this idea is the necessary condition for justice.

  • Issue Year: 17/2009
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 29-59
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Serbian